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The building is one of the oldest  in Nazareth area which part of it belonged to one of the wealthiest families; El-Kawar family for more than 150 years .The building itself was owned by the first mayor in Nazareth; Tannos Kawar (1819-1888) who worked as a mayor from 1875 till 1884. The building is located in the old city of Nazareth, in the way that links between the Orthodox Annunciation church, the White Mosque in the old city and the Basilica of Annunciation.

The building is located as well, in El-Kawar Sibat. Sibat refers to the curved architectural structure and El-Kawar refers actually to the family who owned the building. How did the guest house gain its name, SimSim, is taken from the Arabic word meaning Sesame.

When you stay with us, you'll soon discover that "simsim" can be found in many traditional dishes.

In the area around the hostel, you can try many of these tasty, healthy, fresh and inexpensive local specialities. Mankushi is a simple yet delicious breakfast option...hot pita topped with wild thyme (za'atar) and simsim.

Yum! You may even smell it from our neighbour's bakery as you wake up.

You cold try a salad in the afternoon. Carrots with simsim, "zahara" (cauliflower) and "tahini" (also made from simsim).

Of course, you can't miss the local "hummus", made from chickpeas and lots of tahini. There's also "Tabouleh"... actually no!

This famous salad doesn't have simsim but is an explosion of taste and vitamins with other local products such as parsley, bulgur wheat, lemon and olive oil.

The Guest house Simsim Guest house contains 5 rooms, as 3 double rooms and 2 dorm rooms. the restrooms and showers are in common for all the residents.

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Simsim Guest House Rank #1 of 11 | Certificate of Excellence 2017 | Pricing level: $
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Reviews from our community
"Awesome stay in Old City of Nazareth"
11 July 2017
Amazing hostel in great location with ease of access to all main attractions and friendly owner. Super cool coffee shop below. The dorm was large and bed comfortable. Bathrooms very neat and clean...
"Lovely and peaceful "
03 July 2017
This hostel is located very close to all sights. Spent there one night with friends. Nazareth by itself is a very lovely place full of cute buildings and streets besides all the historical sights...
"Great stay, highly recommend"
29 June 2017
I've stayed here for one night with a friend before a conference and had a great experience. We arrived late afternoon after hitchhiking over 100km and we were quite exhausted. The staff greeting us...
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6098 8, Nazareth
+972-77-5517275